News Briefs

  • Jovian Moons
    Jupiter's four largest moons were discovered by Galileo in 1610. Three of them might hold oceans of liquid water beneath their icy exteriors. Liquid water is a prerequisite for life.
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  • Scientists Find Clues That Life Began in Deep Space
    Duplicating the harsh conditions of space in their laboratory, NASA scientists have created primitive cells with membrane-like structures. These chemical compounds may have played a part in the origin of life.
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  • Without Jupiter, Home Alone
    The giant planet Jupiter swallows up asteroids and comets, or flings them into space. Without Jupiter, comet and asteroid impacts might have wiped out any life on Earth.
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  • Mars Ocean Hypothesis Hits the Shore
    Photographs of the Martian surface find no sign of a sea cliff along a possible ancient shoreline.
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  • The Greening of the Red Planet
    A hardy microbe from Earth may one day transform the barren ground of Mars into arable soil.
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  • Thawing Mars
    Greenhouse gases might one day be used to warm the cold surface of Mars, and make the planet habitable for humans.
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  • Astrobiologists Find Evidence of Early Life on Land
    Scientists with NASA's Astrobiology Institute have discovered evidence that microbial life emerged on land between 2.6 billion and 2.7 billion years ago, much earlier than previously thought.
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  • The Dance of the Giant Planets
    A team of planet hunters January 9th announced a discovery that will help researchers better understand planet migration and how planets' gravitational pulls influence each other.
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  • Terrestrial Powerhouses
    A remarkable protein called bacteriorhodopsin converts light into metabolic energy. After 30 years of investigations, this protein has finally revealed some of its secrets.
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  • Kepler Planet-finding Mission Selected for Discovery Program
    NASA has selected the Kepler space telescope one of three candidates for NASA's next Discovery Program mission. Kepler will search for habitable Earth-size planets around stars beyond our solar system.
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  • Martian Micromagnets
    The Allan Hills meteorite from Mars is peppered with tiny magnetic crystals.
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  • More Distant Planets Discovered
    Imagine discovering eight new worlds outside our solar system while the rest of the world is on summer vacation. See what's out of this world, thanks to the University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory and the European Southern Observatory.
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  • Evidence of ocean on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede
    Data from the Galileo space probe suggest that liquid water may lie beneath Ganymede's icy crust.
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  • Titanic Moon: Orange Soup from Saturnian Turn
    NASA Astrobiology Institute and Penn State have developed a method to understand Titan's atmospheric chemistry.
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  • Pyruving the Origin of Life
    For the origin of life, chemical synthesis of pyruvic acid is a critical step. In a difficult experiment, Carnegie Institute/NAI researchers report that the natural synthesis of such compounds would occur wherever hot ocean vents pass through iron sulfide-containing crust.
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